Sunday, October 18th, 2009
"An answer, when mild, turns away rage, but a word causing pain makes anger to come up." (Proverbs 15:1)
Because of our background, some of us may not be inclined to be mild. Moreover, people around us may encourage an opposite viewpoint, saying that a person has to “fight fire with fire.” However, is this really wise? If a small fire broke out in your house, would you douse it with oil or with cool water? Pouring oil on the fire would make matters worse, whereas dousing it with cool water would likely bring the desired result. (Proverbs 15:18) The next time irritations arise, either inside or outside the congregation, can we see how we can show true wisdom by reacting in a mild way? (2 Timothy 2:24) Many people today are far from gentle, peaceful, and calm. Rather, we find harsh and arrogant people in abundance. James was aware of this, and he gave warnings so that individuals in the congregation could avoid being corrupted by such a spirit.—James 3:14-18.
(Watchtower issue: 03/15/08, 4:9, 10)
*the dousing the fire with oil instead of water part, reminds me of this time me and my mom were at a friend's wedding, and one of the tealight candles on the table was too close to a napkin and ended up catching fire. So what does my mom do? She reaches for a wine glass (instead of a water glass) and douses the flame with wine making it worse.
I was like, "Mom! did you seriously just try to put out a fire with alcohol???...that's it, I'm never taking you out in public again!" lol =)